BTEC Level 3 National Ext Diploma in Engineering

  • Course type: BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma
  • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel



The course allows learners to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for progression into a range of roles within the industry, using relevant software throughout the course. At SFX students will gain a thorough grounding in engineering theory principles, putting these into practice through classroom experiments, industry visits and university partnerships. The Project (Unit 3) integrates the knowledge and skills learners have gained throughout their programme of study into a major piece of work which could be a product, device or service.

This course is being updated by the examination board so there will be some changes for 2018. The UK is regarded as a world leader in engineering including renewable energy, space, aerospace, creative industries, automotive and civil. By 2020 the engineering sector is projected to have 2.74 million job opportunities.


  • Course units...

    Mandatory Units
    Unit 01: Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace
    Unit 02: Communications for Engineering Technicians
    Unit 03: Engineering Project (worth double credits)
    Unit 04: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
    Unit 05: Mechanical Principles and Applications
    Unit 06: Electrical and Electronic Principles

    Optional Units
    Students take a range of units, e.g. Engineering Materials, Photonics and Electrical Technology

  • Course assessment....

    Precise assessment unconfirmed at time of going to print although some units will be assessed through externally assessed examination.

  • This course can lead to...

    A degree in many types of Engineering at most UK universities or employment in a related field.

    Foundation degrees and HNDs are also available, and there is a vast selection of apprenticeships on offer in the UK.

  • Course highlights...

    You will go on a number of trips to see Engineering in action, for example:
    • Thames Bridges
    • SELCHP powerstation
    • Mini car manufacture

  • Entry requirements...

    In addition to the Programme Entry Requirements:

    Grade 5 in Maths, Grade 4 in Core Science and Grade 4 in Additional Science
    Grade 5 in Maths, Grade 4 in two separate science GCSEs (Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Physics)
    BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering with Merit and Grade 5 in Maths

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